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It’s holiday card time! I am so weird with holiday cards. I am either way too ambitious and want to make them totally gorgeous, or I don’t do them at all. Why can’t I just be normal?? Anyways, I have some great ways to make your beautiful, family holiday cards totally stand out and leave an impression with your family and friends. Here’s how you can go big with your cards this year
First, make them into ornaments, rather than your average card. I think this is genius because everyone will automatically want to put them on the tree. I found that Minted is a great place to do this. They have so many beautiful options on making your photos into gorgeous ornament holiday cards. They’ve of course got a great deal going on for the holidays with this coupon I saw on their site! Enjoy 20% off holiday cards $150+, 15% off $100+. Code: BRIGHT17, exp Mon 12/11 They also have a New Customer Welcome Offer: 20% off holiday cards. Code: JOYNEW, exp Thu 12/7,and even though it says it’s valid through 12/7, I’ve seen it valid every time I visit!
Second, go for the booklet card. This is really going big, in my opinion, and oh-so pretty. I love photos, so this is right up my alley for family cards. Minted offers these as well. Such a beautiful way to update friends and family on everything you’ve all been up to and share your beautiful photos. I seriously love this idea, and they aren’t that much more in cost! You also get free recipient addressing, which helps. What’s also amazing about Minted is you can text them your photo, and they respond to you with a design! Let them do it for you, we all have enough to do haha!
Third, don’t forget the foil. Foil-pressed cards are so lovely. They really add such an elegant touch of sparkle that really make cards stand out. Minted has like a million option for foil-pressed cards (the one above is from their site), and Mixbook Photo Co has a beautiful designer collection too. I really like the one below:
Fourth, try a Holiday postcard. I thought this was another idea that was so clever! I found it on Minted, which is obviously my new favorite place for holiday cards (and decor!!). Minted had such a fun selection of postcard style holiday cards, I got lost looking through them all. This is a less expensive way to go too because there is no envelope needed! Target also has a ticket-sized Holiday card collection I thought was cute too, if you aren’t totally into the postcard idea, but want something unique still.
Fifth, be totally clever with your photos. This one is probably the hardest one to achieve because we all know how kids do in photos. Mine won’t even look at the camera. I talk more about how to take beautiful family photos with just your phone in this post. so it’s totally possible to capture your own moment if you don’t want to do the photographer thing. If you can’t come up with a cute photo, a cute saying will do the trick. Here’s some fun ones I like,
“Our Kind of Wonderful”
“Heaven and Nature Ring”
“May All Your Days Be Merry”
I have a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
Here is what another mama posted in the Facebook Group:
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!